Interview of the week

“Everyone urgently needs planning security”

…says Felix Losada, spokesperson for Nordex SE, in light of current developments in the German wind turbine market. According to calculations by Deutsche WindGuard on behalf of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), 1,154 new wind turbines with a total output of 2,998.41 megawatts were installed in Germany in 2013. This is a good result, but will it continue in 2014?

3 Feb 14, Interviewed by Bernward Janzing 0
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World Energy Outlook 2013

IEA forecasts 3.6C rise in temperatures

Fracking, soaring energy prices, climate change: the World Energy Outlook 2013, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), paints a grim picture of the situation in the energy sector. The report expects global demand for energy to have risen by around a third by 2035. In spite of the continued expansion of renewables, fossil fuels will still account for over 75 percent of the energy mix and be responsible for some two thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. Limiting global warming to 2C over the coming decades will therefore drift further and further out of reach.
12 Nov 13, Isaac Bah 0

“To curb the expansion of wind energy…”

That’s the new German government’s intention according to Christian Social Union (CSU) member of the Bundestag Josef Göppel, who helped to draft the coalition agreement but in the end did not approve it.
29 Jan 14, Interview: Jörg-Rainer Zimmermann 0
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“Renewables will win through in the end”

The World Energy Outlook (WEO), published annually by the International Energy Agency, provides the most comprehensive overview of global developments in the energy sector. We asked energy experts from environmental organisations and political groups about what they expect from the 2013 edition of the WEO, and about the issues currently dominating the global energy debate.
18 Nov 13, Isaac Bah 0
EWEA 2013

“Investment security is vital”

… says Ronny Meyer, managing director of the wind energy agency WAB.Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) are currently holding coalition talks. If they form a coalition, they plan to reduce the policy goals for offshore wind-energy expansion from 10,000 to 6,500 megawatts (MW) by 2020 and from 25,000 to 15,000 MW by 2030.
19 Nov 13, Interviewed by Anne-Kathrin Wehrmann 0
Global Carbon Project
Global carbon emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached unprecedented heights in 2012 according to the annual report by the Global Carbon Project (GCP). In its analysis, GCP scientists report that a staggering 35 billion tonnes of CO2 were produced in 2012. The preliminary analysis for 2013 shows an even gloomier outlook: 36 billion tonnes of CO2 will be emitted globally by the end of the year – a 61-percent increase compared to 1990 levels of CO2 emissions, the base level of the Kyoto Protocol.
Deutsche WindGuard recently analysed the investment and operating costs of onshore wind-energy projects on behalf of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). The study, “The Costs of Onshore Wind Energy”, reached a clear conclusion: with mean electricity-production costs ranging between EUR 0.06 and EUR 0.11 per kilowatt hour (kWh), onshore wind energy continues to be one of the most cost-effective renewable energies. “Thanks to technical optimisation and new concepts for wind turbines, the electricity-production costs of wind turbines have continued to decline significantly in the last few years,” says Thorsten Herdan, head of the German Engineering Federation’s power systems segment. In an interview with new energy, BWE President Sylvia Pilarsky-Grosch talks about the potential for cost reductions and her hopes for an informed debate with politicians.
At the end of September, the UN climate panel IPCC published the first part of its fifth assessment report, “Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis”. Talking to new energy, Christoph Kottmeier, head of the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), offers his take on the report’s main conclusions.
Scientifically speaking
Following the German government’s heroic decision to phase out all of the country’s nuclear power plants in the next ten years and to undertake a massive expansion of renewable energies, there was a surge of optimism among all those keen on pressing ahead with the switch to renewables. But now reality has brought everyone down to earth with a bump.

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    AEBIOM Bioenergy Conference 2014

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    European Small Hydropower Association, Istanbul (Turkey)
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